Maia identifies as white, able-bodied, non-binary and queer with a desire to make eating disorder, substance use disorder, and mental health treatment more accessible to low income communities They hope to become a queer-aligned therapist that works with the LGBTQIA+ community. From a young age, Maia struggled with their own eating disorder, various mental health disorders, and substance use disorder, and hopes to utilize that experiential knowledge throughout their work at Opal. They have experienced higher level of care treatment; their own recovery was aided by DBT and RO-DBT skills and they hope to share their knowledge of these skills with others. Alongside this, Maia is committed to consistently learning about and supporting antiracism, black and indigenous liberation, dismantling ableism and using accountability to grow every single day as a white and able-bodied person.
In their free time, Maia is working on a poetry book about their own recovery, loves to roller skate, and spends winters in the mountains on their snowboard.